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A bit of the Atlantic Forest in an urban area of São Paulo, the Jaraguá State Park has become famous for the spectacular views of the city it affords. An excellent picnic spot, Jaraguá State Park is also extremely popular among hikers for the numerous trails on offer. The numerous antenna towers found at the peak are slightly unusual, but take nothing away from the natural beauty of the park.
Parque Cândido Portinari is an extension of Parque Villa-Lobos though it is entirely a different entity. This is more of a recreational space with bike paths and walking trials. It features two playgrounds, a skating rink, dog zone, fitness tools and a roller blading area. This place was earlier was the site of building a metro and was transformed into an urban park. You can also find cafes around this park.
A building filled with classical art forms, the Teatro Municipal is the venue for the São Paulo Municipal Symphonic Orchestra, the Coral Lírico and the City Ballet. As the city grew, plans for a city theater began to take shape, and this resulted in the building of the Teatro Municipal. The theater hosted the "Week of Modern Art" in 1922. The theater has recently undergone major renovations to restore its glory and keep it technologically up to date.
Praça Ramos de Azevedo is a charming plaza in São Paulo, with a tiny perimeter of the Parque Anhangabaú located on one side and the Teatro Municipal on another side. It is dotted by beautiful water fountains, magnificent sculptures of horses, walkways with landscaped green patches and an ornate, ivory white flight of stairs leading to the stately Theatro Municipal building. A series of underground passages also connect this square to the theater; these were constructed in order to provide ample ventilation to the theater building.
Parque Villa-Lobos draws thousands of visitors every weekend who enjoy its natural beauty, live entertainment, and sports facilities. The amphitheater hosts a variety of performances by local artists. Bring friends and family for a game of soccer, tennis, basketball, and make use of the park's well-maintained courts. There's also a jogging track and a playground for the kids.
This is an unusual, exotic and rather hair-raising attraction, that is not for the squeamish! This research institute was set up to find antidotes for poisonous animal and insect bites, and is now a world-leader in its field. There are four main sections: the Biological Museum with live spiders, scorpions, vipers, frogs, lizards and other poisonous creatures; the Snake House where dozens of these reptiles live outdoors; the Historical Museum and last but not least, the Monkey House.
With about 90,000 students, the University of São Paulo is one of the largest learning institutions, not only in Brazil, but all of Latin America. Four of the campuses are located in São Paulo, and Campus Armando de Salles Oliveira is the main one. Many important public figures in Brazilian have attended this university.
Cervejaria Nacional may evoke notions of industrialized flavorless beer, but the artisanal operation at this Pinheros District microbrewery couldn't be further from that. Head brewers Alexandre Sigolo and Luis Fabiani have created 23 original recipes for their brewing operation, five of which are produced year round to sate the thirst of locals. This three-floor monstrosity features a brewing facility on the ground floor and a bar on the second floor from which the brewing tanks are still completely visible. On the third floor, chef Alexandre Cymes prepares flavorful dishes that are certainly no afterthought to Cervejaria's operations. Guests can sip on beer styles such as hefeweizens, IPAs, amber ales, ales and stouts as they chow down on soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and even local favorite, bolinhos. For a delicious taste of the leaps and bounds made in international and Brazilian brewing, Cervejaria Nacional is a must stop.
Beco do Batman (Batman's Alley) lies on a through-way of Sao Paulo's bohemian Vila Madalena neighborhood, calling out to spray paint-wielding locals to continue to reshape the artwork. While a graffiti alley may seem unsavory, it's simply an extension of the vibrant personality of the neighborhood, and is surrounded by tall upscale houses and luxury boutiques. Of course, Beco do Batman rarely looks the same on repeat trips as most if not all of the murals, tags and scribbles are covered up with layers upon layers of fresh paint. A haven for growing talents who seek some civil space to work with their canvas, Beco do Batman is an impressive sight that shows how graffiti can get along with urban design.
Fundação Maria Luisa e Oscar Americano was established in 1974 with an aim to preserve the historic family home, as well as the rich collection of art and historic objects contained within. Today, the sprawling facility is home to one of the city's largest collections of historic artifacts as well as art. The beautiful home was designed by renowned architect Oswaldo Arthur Bratke, and is as much a draw for visitors as the other artifacts. The impeccably maintained park, with a rich array of local plant life is ideal for walks. The Salao de Cha on the property, serves and excellent array of teas and light bites. Check website for more.
You'll find plenty of great cultural events going on at the Latin America Memorial, or Memorial da América Latina, which is dedicated as a space for all the cultures of Latin America. There are several buildings and spans of lawn that contain art, sculptures, and other cultural artifacts. The library boasts 30,000 volumes, making it a great research resource.
Established in 1929, Parque da Água Branca is one of the city's most popular open spaces. Officially known as Parque Fernando Costa as a tribute to former Secretary of Agriculture, Dr. Fernando Costa, who was instrumental in its creation, the park has retained much of its original character from the days when it was used for animal husbandry and agriculture. Although it is a nice picnic spot, the park is actually known for the many animals and birds, among which oxen, geese and chicken are a few, that can be found here.